Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Guest Seminar: Order and the International Criminal Court: The Society of States and ‘Humanitarian Pluralism’

26 November 2013 | 4pm | Seminar
Liberty Building, Seminar Room 2.46

This guest seminar will be delivered by Dr Matt Killingsworth (Institute for Ethics, Law & Armed Conflict (ELAC), University of Oxford; University of Tasmania).

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is arguably the most important institution in the evolution of attempts to prosecute violators of international humanitarian law.

For critics of the Court, it is either (a) an oppressive, neo-colonial tool or (b) completely irrelevant. For its advocates, the Court is part of a broader trend of events and movements that serve primarily to undermine Westphalian state sovereignty.

The main aim of this presentation is to challenge realist critiques of the Court, as they pertain to broader interpretations of order in the international system, while also offering a sobering assessment of cosmopolitan or universalist understandings of order as they relate to the Court.

Instead, it will be argued here that the actions of the ICC, while contributing to international society, contribute to a Vattelian (pluralist) international society, albeit one underpinned by narrow humanitarian concerns.

All welcome to attend.

Location Details

School of Law
Liberty Building
Seminar Room 2.46

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